Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail

The Rail-trail south of the State Line is open on an informal basis!

North of State Line:

Bureau of Trails
Division of Parks & Recreation

NH Dept. of Resources & Econ. Dev.
PO Box 1856, Concord, NH 03302-1856
Phone 603-271-3254 - FAX 603-271-2629

Hiking Trail Bicycle Trail Cross-Country Skiing Snowmobiling Horse Trail

Mileage Chart and Detailed Trail Information

The following railroad mileage chart also serves as a table of contents for the detailed rail-trail information and associated pictures. Each page begins with the historic name of the former railroad station, and continues with available information about the trail on either side of that railroad station, to a point roughly half-way to the next railroad station.  

Miles* Station Name Svc. Settlement Municipality
35.98 Winchendon TFP Winchendon Winchendon
--?-- [State Line]     MA-NH Line
39.70 Rand   Rand Rindge
40.62 Thomas   Thomas Rindge
41.84 West Rindge TFP West Rindge Rindge
43.40 Woodmere   Woodmere Rindge
45.35 East Jaffrey TFP Jaffrey Jaffrey
--?-- [North end of trail]   Jaffrey Jaffrey

*=Miles from Worcester
Svc (in 1923): T=Telegraph, F=Freight accounts, P=Passenger tickets
Dark face suggests presence of depot in 1923 

Mileage and Station names from Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations of the Boston & Maine Railroad, July 1,1923

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
290 Jaffrey Peterboro 1972 B&M 5.5
358 South Ashburnham, MA Jaffrey 1984 B&M 20.6

B&M - Boston & Maine Railroad

From the "Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994" in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

1895 County Atlas - showing railroads [very slow loading]:

NH-DOT Planned Rail-trail & Bikeway projects

Name Route Number Description Years Cost
Jaffrey RR Corridor 12706 Purchase the abandoned RR corridor from Rindge to Peterboro, Construct Multi-use path [96-66TE] C1999 .325
Peterboro Riverwalk 12680 Construct Riverwalk to be used as a multi-use transportation pathway connecting businesses to outlying areas. C2000 .252

Years: R= Right-of-way acquisition, C=Construction

From the Ten Year Transportation Improvement Program 1999-2008 prepared by the NH Department of Transportation and submitted to the Legislature by the Governor in December of 1997. Unintentional errors are likely!

Federal Funding Summary

Project Name Year City County Federal $ Local $ Total $
Acquire RR corridor & dev. trail 1999 JAFFREY N/A $420,000 $105,000 $525,000

This list is drawn on April 8, 2000 from a database maintained by the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse.  Direct questions to NTEC at 1-888-388-NTEC or by email to


Authorize DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION to enter into a Purchase and Sales Agreement with the Boston and Main Corporation to acquire a parcel of land comprising a portion of the abandoned Monadnock Branch Railroad Line, for a price not to exceed $500,000.

Item #102 of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AGENDA for February 17,1999 at 10:30 a.m.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Authorized Purchase and Sale Agreement with the Boston and Maine Corporation to acquire a parcel of land with a portion of the abandoned Monadnock Branch railroad in Rindge at $10,700.

Item #156 of the EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AGENDA for September 18, 1996

Information Towns In The Monadnock Region

The Keene Sentinel Web Site features a series of pages containing a brief historical background and other information about each municipality within the circulation area of the newspaper.

Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on February 22, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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